Saturday, November 29, 2014

Hamilton Bohannon - Keep On Dancin'

Featuring Fernando Saunders on bass. Does he play any two-bar unit exactly the same, or is each one different, like snowflakes?

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Paul McCartney - Rode All Night

Saturday Night Special

Friday, November 21, 2014

Pastor T.L. Barrett & The Youth For Christ Choir:
Ever Since
Nobody Knows

Now that my son is in full-day pre-K I had a minute to work on alphabetizing my CDs and actually listened to this full CD that I got four years ago. Dear me. Phil Upchurch on bass (didn't even realize he played bass?), the return of the twin-tambourine shamanistic attack, and arguably the greatest handclap sound ever committed to tape. Soultransfigured and soultransfiguring stuff here from Pastor Barrett and his flock.

Still available from Light In The Attic!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Noël Akchoté - Carlo Gesualdo: "Moro, lasso, al moi duolo"

"So a twenty-first century guitarist recorded all of Gesualdo's madrigals after transcribing them for five guitars? Huh. I'm still listening. But were they recorded on, you know, a cassette recorder, yielding quite a bit of background noise? And were they also recorded in, you know, like a zoo or whatever, so you can hear some kind of bird or something chattering away in the background, and also many cars driving by? They were? OK, cool. I'm in."

N.B. If memory serves this is the first we've heard of Renaissance music performed on modern guitars since this one, but there's myriad more on offer at Noël's bandcamp page.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Miaow - Belle Vue

Moments of harmelodic interest at 1:45 and ff. Mining a sophisto-amateur seam similar as this.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Carmen - Schlaraffenland
Die Doraus & Die Marinas - Tulpen Und Narzissen

In a pre-ANGST frenzy, a trawl through the bumrocks 2004 archive turned up this brace of washed-out heartless German teenwave winners. 

Friday, November 07, 2014

Kraftwerk - Taschenrechner

The lads from Kraftwerk released four versions of this in four languages: English, German, Japanese, French. I strongly prefer the German. Nice to hear whoever it is adding impromptu filigrees to his theme circa 0:22 and ff.

Stay tuned for a couple more songs I found while trying to figure out what to play at last night's event.

Saturday, November 01, 2014


Thelonious Monk - Thelonious
(recorded "live" in Paris, December 1969)

Ye Olde Blog turns 8 today, and sort of like Thelonious in '69 (if so flattering a comparison be permitted), it's a little bit older and a little bit slower, and yet we still manage to amuse ourselves now and again, as Thelonious does with his mysterious outro at the 3:48 mark. See how he allows himself the briefest of smiles at 13:32 in this video:

Nota Bene: We're officially entering our "late period" now, so don't be surprised if things get weird. To wit: it looks like tickets are still available for this Thursday at Lincoln Center!